- First-Year Applicants
- Application Process
- Standardized Test Information
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
- AP/IB/Other Credit Information
- Transfer Students
- International Applicants
- Special Programs
- Biomedical Engineering
- Direct Matriculation Programs
- Master’s in Global Health Studies
- Master’s in International Studies
- Peabody Double Degree
- All Applicants
- Early Decision
- Visiting Student
- Exchange Student
- Decision Release
- Essays That Worked
Check out Hopkins Insider blog’s round-up of the most frequently asked questions about decision release.
Before You Apply
- How do I schedule an interview?
- We offer both on-campus interviews and off-campus interviews with an admissions representative for current applicants. See each page for more information or to request an interview.
- What are my chances of being admitted?
- Learn more about our application process here.
- Since applications are reviewed holistically and there is no magical formula for deciding the perfect Johns Hopkins student, it really is impossible to predict any applicant’s chances of being admitted.
- What can I do to improve my chances of being admitted?
- The most important thing is to be sure to complete the application in full and submit all application materials by the deadline. Beyond that, give us a complete picture of yourself as an applicant, why you think Hopkins is the right place for you, and what you have to offer our campus community. If you have questions about your particular situation, consult your regional admissions representative.
Application and Requirements
- Can I get an application fee waiver?
- Yes. We accept the College Board fee waiver form or a letter from your secondary school counselor on school letterhead. Extensions cannot be granted.
- Is the application fee refundable?
- The application fee is nonrefundable.
- How do you evaluate SATs and ACTs?
- See our official policy here.
- Who needs to submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS?
- Please see the pages below for details:
- Standardized Test Requirements
- International Applicants
After You've Submitted Your Application
- How do I know if my application file is complete?
- All applicants' files are carefully checked for completion. We will notify applicants who have incomplete files, and give those students an opportunity to provide us with any missing items, before we evaluate their applications. Due to the large volume of application-related documents received by the Admissions Office, a lag of several weeks occurs between receipt of a document and its processing.
- Can I send additional recommendations, supporting materials, or updates to my previously submitted application?
- Yes. You may submit additional items if they genuinely contribute to your application file. There is no guarantee that items submitted after the deadline will be added to your file. To provide an update to a previously submitted application, mail, fax (410-516-6025), or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) a letter of update to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please make sure that all materials include the applicant’s full name, birth date, and high school. Materials such as music recordings, artwork, and course work or research samples must be labeled with your full name, birth date, and high school. (Please note that such items stay in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and do not go to academic departments for review. They will not be returned.)
- When will I be notified about my financial aid package?
- Financial aid applicants will be notified of any awards along with your admission decision. Learn more about the financial aid process through the Office of Student Financial Services.
After You’ve Received Your Decision
- Can I defer my enrollment?
- In some cases, students are permitted to defer their enrollment for up to two years to pursue a travel, work, or family experience that does not include study at another academic institution for credit.
- Deferrals are considered on an individual basis and must be requested in writing from the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. To request a deferral, you must submit your Reply Form, enrollment deposit, and a letter detailing your plans by the enrollment deposit deadline.
- Students accepted as transfer students to Johns Hopkins are not typically granted admission deferrals.
- What if I move before school starts?
- If your address, phone number, e-mail address, or intended major changes between the time you submit your application and the start of classes in the fall, please alert the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible by e-mailing email@example.com.
- What do you require of home-schooled applicants?
- The overall admission requirements are the same. The secondary school report for home-schooled applicants must include a summary of the home-schooling program, a complete transcript with course descriptions, bibliography of textbooks, description of evaluation methods, and the actual grades or evaluations.
- Home-schooled applicants must meet the same high school curricular standard expected of all applicants. A letter of recommendation from an academic professional who is familiar with the individual applicant, other than the home-schooling teacher/parent, should be included with the application.
- What musical opportunities are available for Johns Hopkins students?
- Find more information about opportunities at the Peabody Institute.
- I am interested in the biomedical engineering (BME) major. What do I need to know?
- Students wishing to enroll in the biomedical engineering (BME) major must indicate BME as their first-choice major on their application. Students are admitted specifically into the BME major, based on evaluation of credentials and space available. Students can be admitted to the university without acceptance to the BME major. No separate application is required.
- Notification of acceptance into the BME major is given at the time of decision release.
- Students who apply Early Decision and are admitted to the program will follow the same Early Decision Agreement policy. Students who apply Early Decision but are not accepted as a BME major can still be admitted to Hopkins as an undergraduate. In this circumstance only, they may have until January 15 to decide if they want to matriculate Early Decision to Johns Hopkins University. Those who choose to turn down their spot will forgo admission to Johns Hopkins for that application year.
- Does having a parent or sibling who graduated from Hopkins affect my application?
- Often, a legacy applicant will be familiar with Hopkins and can present a compelling case about why they would like to study here as well as the kinds of contributions they could make to our campus. With the increasing selectivity in highly selective admissions, legacy status has an extremely limited impact in the process and is only recognized in Early Decision; applicants must meet all admissions requirements and be competitive in the overall pool. Legacy at Johns Hopkins is considered in cases of parents, stepparents, grandparents, great grandparents, and siblings who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or Whiting School of Engineering. Uncles, aunts, cousins, and other extended family members are not considered. You will have space on your application to list any legacy connections.